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Experiences sought re cycling post knee replacement surgery

Postby Aussteve2712 » Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:21 pm

Hi everyone,
I'm an experienced roadie and really enjoy my cycling. I'd describe myself as very fit for age, 66, with no illnesses etc. but I do have two crook knees that are going to be replaced at the same time, sometime in the next 12 months. Interestingly they don't cause any real issues or pain when cycling but walking on uneven ground, downhill or flat ground more than a few hundred metres causes a fair bit of discomfort. On a recent trip to Carnarvon Gorge I managed about 8 kms walking but the discomfort was considerable.
Anyway that's the background, I'd like to hear from anyone who has successfully returned to rigorous cycling following one or both knee joints being replaced. Some specifics I'd like to read about are; how long did it take to be riding again, what was the progression of distances, any issues with being out of the saddle climbing, pain levels and how long any pain was suffered when cycling (how long was it before you could cycle pain free?). These and any other experiences I'd be extremely grateful to read about. I love cycling and hope to be able to return to at least the level I am at currently.
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Postby Aussteve2712 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:23 am

Anyone????
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Postby rodneycc » Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:33 pm

Both at the same time? I would of thought you would of had to do one at a time? No first hand experience, all I have heard is you should do it as a last resort and delay as long as possibly but at 66 you are probably about the age to be doing them. I believe they actually cut though the bone so not to be taken lightly this operation.
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Postby Aussteve2712 » Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:31 pm

Hi Rodney, seems nobody on here has ever had a knee replacement hey? Both together, yeah not many surgeons will do it & apparently the rehabilitation is more difficult, quite understandably, and I'll certainly be more reliant on my wife for support etc. The decision was a time issue mostly, as a public patient there is a 12 month wait & then the rehabilitation x 2 so I figure that's probably 2 and a 1/4 years out of my life as opposed to, hopefully, half that. Suffer the pain & inconvenience once..
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Postby rodneycc » Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:05 pm

Yeah maybe nobody hasn't or possibly stopped riding after it?

I just can't imagine both at the same time. It would be horrific having no mobility. But like you said half the recovery time. Depends if you can remain sane I guess.

My wife went to the docs about knee replacement surgery because she has terrible problems but they told her she was too young (at 52) and told her to wait as long as possible.

Anyway all the best Steve.
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Postby RonK » Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:43 pm

Perhaps if you did a search you would find threads about knee replacement. I did and found several.
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Postby rodneycc » Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:07 pm

Yeah wish the search was a little more intuitive to be honest. It sort of does the job in a cluncky way but I'm still missing something on the way to search the exact term like knee replacement it matches everything with knee and replacement in the whole post instead of the exact term (even if I put it in quotes).

Anyway it is what it is.

Edit: think I've just found the search options surprising what you find if you really try ☺
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Postby Aussteve2712 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:54 am

RonK wrote:Perhaps if you did a search you would find threads about knee replacement. I did and found several.

I did and couldn’t find any, sure plenty about knee surgery but my search didn’t reveal any about replacement, not in medical anyway.
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Re: Experiences sought re cycling post knee replacement surgery

Postby rodneycc » Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:43 pm

There is a couple in the General cycling sub group as well.

The main ones I could see are:

Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:06 am
Forum: General Cycling Discussion
Topic: What's your biggest cycling fitness or training pain point?
Replies: 36
Views: 15938
Re: What's your biggest cycling fitness or training pain point?
Sun Jul 09, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: Cycling Health
Topic: Dealing with arthritis
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Views: 4702
Re: Dealing with arthritis
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Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Cycling Health
Topic: Frustrating Knee Niggle
Replies: 24
Views: 25868
Re: Frustrating Knee Niggle
Forum: General Cycling Discussion
Topic: Your PRIMARY reason for taking up cycling in adulthood?
Replies: 28
Views: 3102

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Re: Experiences sought re cycling post knee replacement surgery

Postby redsonic » Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:16 pm

I don't have direct experience with knee replacements, but a fellow I chat to when walking my dog has recently had one knee done. He cycles, but doesn't do serious distances/ speeds.
He was back on his bike pretty quickly and said that he gets some pain at the top of the pedal stroke and a bit of puffiness and pain afterwards. He had to raise his seat height to improve comfort.
I think knee replacements are great when they work, but they have a higher complication rate than, say, hip replacements. I would advise you take it cautiously during recovery and listen to your physio/ exercise physiologist regarding how much & what type of work to do.

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Postby Aussteve2712 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:07 am

redsonic wrote:I don't have direct experience with knee replacements, but a fellow I chat to when walking my dog has recently had one knee done. He cycles, but doesn't do serious distances/ speeds.
He was back on his bike pretty quickly and said that he gets some pain at the top of the pedal stroke and a bit of puffiness and pain afterwards. He had to raise his seat height to improve comfort.
I think knee replacements are great when they work, but they have a higher complication rate than, say, hip replacements. I would advise you take it cautiously during recovery and listen to your physio/ exercise physiologist regarding how much & what type of work to do.


Thanks for this redsonic, I'll most certainly be listening to the physio, I don't want to make it anymore difficult of muck it up for myself.
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Postby Aussteve2712 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:27 am

rodneycc wrote:There is a couple in the General cycling sub group as well.

The main ones I could see are:

Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:06 am
Forum: General Cycling Discussion
Topic: What's your biggest cycling fitness or training pain point?
Replies: 36
Views: 15938
Re: What's your biggest cycling fitness or training pain point?
Sun Jul 09, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: Cycling Health
Topic: Dealing with arthritis
Replies: 41
Views: 4702
Re: Dealing with arthritis
by Slow Motion
Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Cycling Health
Topic: Frustrating Knee Niggle
Replies: 24
Views: 25868
Re: Frustrating Knee Niggle
Forum: General Cycling Discussion
Topic: Your PRIMARY reason for taking up cycling in adulthood?
Replies: 28
Views: 3102

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Thanks Rodney, I had a good look & search but nothing relevant to my situation. Maybe I'll be a guinea pig.
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Re: Experiences sought re cycling post knee replacement surgery

Postby rodneycc » Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:09 pm

I told my wife about your situation and her response was:

"Well he must have a very understanding wife - because I wouldn't wipe your bum for weeks on end if you were in the same situation"

Isn't that just lovely... :-)
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Postby Aussteve2712 » Sat Oct 13, 2018 4:46 pm

rodneycc wrote:I told my wife about your situation and her response was:

"Well he must have a very understanding wife - because I wouldn't wipe your bum for weeks on end if you were in the same situation"

Isn't that just lovely... :-)

That's why I married an ex nurse Rodney. I think if I, or she, can get me on the toilet I can wipe my own bum anyway, if not, she loves me.
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Postby redsonic » Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:44 am

I broke both arms at once, and wiping my own bum was my first goal 8)

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Postby kb » Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:08 pm

rodneycc wrote:I told my wife about your situation and her response was:

"Well he must have a very understanding wife - because I wouldn't wipe your bum for weeks on end if you were in the same situation"

Isn't that just lovely... :-)

Ha. My wife broke both her ankles at 37 weeks pregnant. Wheelchair didn’t fit through the bathroom door :-(.
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Re: Experiences sought re cycling post knee replacement surgery

Postby rodneycc » Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:34 pm

kb wrote:
rodneycc wrote:I told my wife about your situation and her response was:

"Well he must have a very understanding wife - because I wouldn't wipe your bum for weeks on end if you were in the same situation"

Isn't that just lovely... :-)

Ha. My wife broke both her ankles at 37 weeks pregnant. Wheelchair didn’t fit through the bathroom door :-(.


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Postby Aussteve2712 » Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:20 pm



Thanks for this John, I found it very helpful and am hoping to be able to resume riding a standard two wheel road bike post operation.
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